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Eric Zurcher (by way of Jim Croft <jrc at>) Eric Zurcher (by way of Jim Croft <jrc at>)
Thu Apr 13 17:27:53 CDT 2000

              <ericz at ENTO.CSIRO.AU>
Subject:      Re: distribution maps - free and easy

Hi Jim,

Well, if there is a 2K limit on URLs, it's NOT part of the HTTP standard,
which reads as follows:

   The HTTP protocol does not place any a priori limit on the length of
   a URI. Servers MUST be able to handle the URI of any resource they
   serve, and SHOULD be able to handle URIs of unbounded length if they
   provide GET-based forms that could generate such URIs. A server
   SHOULD return 414 (Request-URI Too Long) status if a URI is longer
   than the server can handle (see section 10.4.15).

      Note: Servers ought to be cautious about depending on URI lengths
      above 255 bytes, because some older client or proxy
      implementations might not properly support these lengths.
Eric Zurcher
CSIRO Division of Entomology
Canberra, Australia
E-mail: ericz at

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